About 200 pupils from four communities at Bindi South in the Bunpkurugu –Yunyoo district of the Northern region failed to sit for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations which began today, Monday the 5th of June 2017, following a misunderstanding between chiefs and regional education authorities over location of examination centers.
According to Kolan Bentuaka, a staff at the District Education Directorate, the chief of Kanbatiak which is the largest community in the area, complained about the troubles the candidate in his town go through every year to write the exams and so he pleaded for a closer examination center. An agreement was reached between the chief and the Education Authorities in the region for a new center. The new center was however sent to the Gbankoni community with center code 81410 angering the chief and some parents who did not understand why the center was given to Gbankoni instead of Kanbatiak which has larger number of registered students and infrastructure and so prevented the candidates from traveling to the new center to write the exams.
“The chief of Gbankoni applied by written form to the Ghana Education Service and also the chief of Kanbatiak also went and verbally informed them of a center. The BNI was dispatched and they found that the Gbankoni has all it takes for the center.
“Just about the time the exam was about to start, it erupted that the students were refusing to write the exam at Gbankoni. What is happening is that, they refused to come and write the exams and they didn’t go”.
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“The parents denied their wards coming to write the exam: so currently as I speak to you, because they didn’t award them the center when I went to the center, only one student from Kanbatiak came to write”, Kolan narrated.
In all 70 candidates from Kanbatiak Junior High School, 51 from Guanging, 79 from Gbingbamong and 18 from Yenupinii were prevented from traveling to Gbankoni primary school center to write the exams by the Chief of Kanbatiak and some residents.